Sat, 16 July 2016
Every so often you come across a dude who appears normal but turns out to be a real gem. Brad Barlage is one of those guys. At 5'9 and all of 150 lbs, he's a rangy, stringy dude with bright eyes and a stoked smile.
A superb climber (redpointed 5.14), a real adventurer (kite skiing Baffin Island with Andrew McClean), a dog lover, and the kind of guy willing to build his life based on the "do the right thing always" mantra that marks so many of my mentors.
Brad worked his way up from the shipping floor at Black Diamond (the climbing company) to being a Sales Manage for North America, and split off to go his own way and continue selling outdoor gear under his own brand.
Brad is a very private guy, and I owe this podcast to two things.
First, Brad's willingness to grant a friend a favor. Second, the folks over at Enormocast, a climbing podcast.
Brad's been listening to them. and seeing just how useful podcasts can be, so when i came bumbling along with my request, he understood how much it can help to hear someone else's story.
Thanks Chris Kalous at Enormocast for doing a good enough job to inspire Brad and shining a light. Right on!
Thu, 30 June 2016
I first heard about Gavin when I watched The Rocky Mountains Traverse. The possibilities of paragliding immediately captured me, specifically the vol-biv work he and Will Gadd were doing.
If you're into adventuring, whether it's kayaking, sailing, kite surfing, or paragliding, you'll probably dig Gavin's take on the world.
Whether he talks about his early "frequent bad decisions" or how he's not quite an adrenalin junkie, this is a great window into the mind of one of National Geographic's 2014 "Adventurer of the Year" recipients.